Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Ukraine, Transnistria, and Moldova, a region historically known as Bessarabia, one of Europe’s most fascinating—and drastically underrated—regions. We'll delve deep into local cultures and traditions, Soviet history, and contemporary politics, and journey into the incredible Exclusion Zone created by the Chernobyl nuclear accident.
Accompanied by a whole team of experienced guides, we'll explore see beautiful Orthodox monasteries, underground tunnels, breathtaking monuments, and radioactive wastelands. Along the way, we’ll also find plenty of time to enjoy fantastic food and drink, good company, mischief, and mystery. Our adventures together will be breathtaking, surprising, and occasionally challenging … but always memorable.
Some elements of this tour will be physically demanding. Our two-day exploration of Chernobyl involves no more than walking, but there will be a lot of that, and over rough ground, so be sure to bring proper walking boots or other outdoor footwear. Long sleeves and full-length pants are also required inside the Zone. Be aware that this tour also involves a good amount of driving time.
Note that this itinerary begins and ends in two different cities (and countries). You should plan to arrive in Kyiv, Ukraine by 4 p.m. on August 25, and depart from Chișinău, Moldova anytime on September 4. If you'd like assistance with your flights, let us know and we'll refer you to our flight agents.
In one word—bureaucratic. You can never be sure how long it will take for our group to cross a certain border, or what the border security staff will request in order to grant us access. Be flexible, bring a book, and consider it all part of the adventure.